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spacer.gif (807 bytes) Dynamic Drive DHTML Newsletter!
June 7th, 1999 Issue #5
Dynamic Drive URL: http://dynamicdrive.com

Welcome to the Dynamicdrive.com DHTML newsletter, the DHTML newsletter that keeps you informed on the latest updates to Dynamicdrive.com, and news on the DHTML technology!

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1) Three new DHTML scripts added to Dynamic Drive
2) Why IE? Here's our reply...
3) Give something back...link to Dynamicdrive.com!


1) Three new DHTML scripts added to Dynamic Drive

It's that time again when new DHTML scripts roll into Dynamic Drive. This week, we got three of em!

-Document crosshair (http://dynamicdrive.com/dynamicindex11/crosshair.htm)
Add a fun, cross-browser crosshair to your document! What's a document crosshair? It's hard to explain...just see for yourself!

-Static menu script (http://dynamicdrive.com/dynamicindex1/staticmenu.htm)
This is a cross-browser menu that stays static on the left hand corner of your screen, even as the surfer scrolls. The menu is constructed using on ONE large image that's positioned statically, with the links inside being image maps. Thanks to S. Jensen for his wonderful creation and contribution...

-Microsoft Outlook Bar (http://dynamicdrive.com/dynamicindex1/outbar/index.htm)
This is a smashing DHTML navigation bar that resembles the OutLook bar of Internet Explorer. Fittingly enough, it only works in IE 4+ as well! Use it to provide a cool way for your surfers to navigate around your site. Surfers using browsers other than IE 4+ will simply not see the bar. The Outlook bar is the aftermath of Massimo Guccione's intelligence and hard work.

2) Why IE? Here's our reply...

One interesting question we get asked here at Dynamic Drive every once in a while goes something like this: "I love your DHTML scripts, but why is it that you house a lot more Internet Explorer specific scripts than Netscape? I understand that Microsoft is all mighty and on top of Netscape, but that doesn't mean you should totally ignore Netscape and it's loyal following of users." To all of you who feel that way, guess what? "We can't agree more!" Our one and only goal when working on Dynamic Drive is to provide you with the absolute best and most practical collection of DHTML scripts and components anywhere, period. We love Netscape just as much as anyone else, and actually do try to develop scripts that are cross-browser compatible whenever possible. The fact of the matter is, at present, the DHTML engine in IE is a lot more powerful and stable than it's Netscape counterpart. Often times, a script created for IE simply can't be duplicated to run in Netscape as well. Other times, while it is possible to modify the script so it'll function in both IE and NS, doing so may crash NS under certain circumstances (the DHTML engine in NS isn't exactly stable, and actually quite buggy). We abide strongly by one philosophy here at Dynamic Drive, and that is "responsible coding". Whenever we develop or feature a script on Dynamic Drive, we try to make sure to the best of our abilities that the script not only works correctly for it's intended browser, but works correctly each and every time, under all circumstances. The problematic DHTML engine of Netscape has forced us to house a lot more IE specific scripts (as opposed to cross-browser ones that may work one day, and crash your surfer's NS browser the other). We believe in responsible coding, and we know in the long run, you'll believe it too. So does that mean there'll always be an uneven balance of IE-specific DHTML scripts here at Dynamic Drive? From the look of things, absolutely not! The next version of NS, code name Gecko, promises to offer all that the latest version of IE 5 has to offer in terms of DHTML capabilities and stability. Once Gecko officially comes out, you can be sure that we will move in and take advantage of all of it's DTHML power. Hopefully starting then, things we look a little more even! If you wish to keep up with the latest development on Gecko, please refer to it's official website, at http://www.mozilla.org/

3) Give something back...link to Dynamicdrive.com!

As a user of Dynamic Drive, the most important thing you can do for us is probably to help us grow by letting others know about DD. One simple way to do that is by linking to us on your web site. Please refer to http://dynamicdrive.com/link.htm for more info. And thanks in advanced for your show of support!

This concludes the 5th edition of the Dynamic Drive DHTML newsletter. If you have a moment, please forward this newsletter to your friends and co-workers who may be interested in receiving it.

See you again in issue 6!


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